Daddy Long Legs

Daddy Long Legs

Fred Astaire
Director: Jean Negulesco Cast: Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
, Leslie Caron
Leslie Caron
, Terry Moore
Terry Moore
Jean Negulesco


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This last remake (thus far) of the Jean Webster novel Daddy Long Legs was extensively revised to accommodate the talents of Fred Astaire and Leslie Caron. Fragments of the basic plot remain: American millionaire Astaire is the unknown benefactor of French orphan girl Caron, financing the girl's education on the proviso that his identity never be revealed to her. Moved by Caron's letters of thanks, Astaire's secretary Thelma Ritter advises Astaire to go to France to visit the "child." When he arrives, he finds that his ward has grown up rather nicely, and the two fall in love--though Caron never knows until the very end who Astaire really is. The old story has been updated to allow for an elaborate "cowboy" number and a couple of Eisenhower jokes. Highlights include a solo ballet by Caron and a wonderful Astaire routine involving a set of drums. The score for Daddy Long Legs is unremarkable save for Johnny Mercer's hit "Something's Gotta Give."

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/06/2016
UPC: 0738329206239
Original Release: 1955
Rating: NR
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: A
Time: 1:31:00
Sales rank: 8,728

Special Features

Audio commentary by film historian Ken Barnes and Ava Astaire McKenzie ; Movietone News with optional commentary by film historian Ken Barnes and Ava Astaire McKenzie; Daddy Long Legs London premiere; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fred Astaire Jervis Pendleton III
Leslie Caron Julie Andre
Terry Moore Linda Pendleton
Thelma Ritter Miss Pritchard
Fred Clark Griggs
Charlotte Austin Sally McBride
Larry Keating Alexander Williamson
Kathryn Givney Gertrude Pendleton
Kelly Brown Jimmy McBride
Sara Shane Pat
Numa Lapeyre Jean
Ann Codee Mme. Sevanne
Steven Geray Emile
Percival Vivian Professor
Joseph Kearns Guide
Larry Kent Butler
Charles Anthony Hughes Hotel Manager
Ralph Dumke Mr. Bronson
Damian O'Flynn Larry Hamilton
Kathryn Card Mrs. Carrington
Tim Johnson Bellhop
Harry Seymour Cab Driver
Olan Soule Assistant Hotel Manager
J. Anthony Hughes Delivery Man
George Dunn Chauffeur
Ray Anthony Orchestra Actor
Gertrude Astor Woman
Paul Bradley Second Jeweler
Janice Carroll Athetic Girl Dancer
David Hoffman Jeweler
Elizabeth Patterson Actor
Paul Power Commission Member
Helen Van Tuyl College Dean
Carleton Young Commission Member

Technical Credits
Jean Negulesco Director
Fred Astaire Choreography
John De Cuir Production Designer
Samuel G. Engel Producer
Henry Ephron Screenwriter
Phoebe Ephron Screenwriter
Johnny Mercer Score Composer
Alfred Newman Score Composer
Alex North Score Composer
Roland Petit Choreography
William H. Reynolds Editor
David Robel Choreography
Leon Shamroy Cinematographer
Lyle Wheeler Production Designer

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